Helping people to connect, learn, and participate by providing high quality individualised assistive and interactive learning solutions
Link Assistive is an Australian supplier of Sensory, Interactive and Assistive Technologies. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and software, computer access products, products for Special Education and mounting equipment are part of our product portfolio.
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Bas Tijdhof – Director
Bas is the CEO of Link Assistive which he founded in 2008. Bas is based in Link Assistive’s main office in Adelaide, South Australia. Bas leads the team with extensive experience gained across a number of previous roles in the Assistive Technology industry including 9 years as an Assistive Technology Advisor in the Netherlands, providing everything from assessment to implementation of communication and computer access solutions for children and adults with disabilities. Bas also worked as an Account Manager for Tobii AB – the world leader in eye tracking technology.
Bas’ formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Human Kinetic Technology) and a Bachelor of Science (Human Movement). Bas graduated from The Hague University in 1997 and VU University in 1998. Bas continually seeks professional development and possesses additional skills in project management and business. He is an alumni of the Entrepreneurs Organisation Adelaide.
When he is not working his full time (plus!) hours, he loves traveling with his family, making music with his band mates, go for walks & runs with his Border Collie and keeping fit on the tennis court.
Brianna Meldrum – Purchasing & Asset Manager
Brianna is the full-time Office Manager and administrative superstar of Link Assistive. Brianna started with Link Assistive in 2015, bringing along the organising skills that she developed through her 17 years working in Performing Arts Production and Stage Management locally, nationally and internationally. Brianna is based in Link Assistive’s main office in Adelaide, South Australia and oversees all database and logistics operations of the company.
When not working, Brianna is kept busy parenting her two young boys or can be found enjoying the great outdoors!
Melissa Holliday – Loans Coordinator
Melissa is the Loans Coordinator at Link Assistive, also based in the Adelaide office. Melissa boasts 15 years’ experience working in the arts as a stage manager and theatre technician, and 5 years’ experience in the mailing and printing industry working in mail processing and customer service. Melissa also possesses a Diploma of Arts in Technical Production. When not at work, Melissa is a busy Mum. She has a wide range of interests including cats, baseball, footy and roller-skating. Melissa’s all-time happy place is at the movies.
Cheryl Kelly – Accounts Officer
Cheryl joined Link Assistive as a part time Accounts Officer in August 2020. She brings with her extensive administration and finance experience in the legal, agribusiness and aged care sectors and holds a Certificate IV in Financial Services. Cheryl is responsible for accounts payable/receivable and various finance related tasks.
Outside the office Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, reading, movies and finding excuses to skip the gym.
Rikki-Lee Belperio – Logistics & Inventory Coordinator
Rikki-Lee is the Part Time Logistics & Inventory Coordinator of Link Assistive. Rikki-Lee has a background in sales, customer service and administration. 10 Years ago, Rikki-Lee changed career from hospitality to a trainee-ship in Business Administration which led to her receiving her Certificate 3. Based in the Adelaide Office Rikki-Lee coordinates incoming and outgoing goods and managing stock.
When not working she loves spending time with her two daughters and husband, decorating cakes, movies and listening to music.
David Vasanji – AT Support Manager
David joined Link Assistive in 2016 as the IT Support and Repair Specialist. Prior to joining Link Assistive, David worked for 6 years as an ICT Project Manager, managing the SA Health Hospital Paging System, and has also managed Disability SA Nurse Call Systems. David’s qualifications include a Diploma of Information Technology, and a Bachelor of Commerce; graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2007.
David now leads the AT Support team, which provides technical support remotely and in-person for Link Assistive’s range of hardware and software. David’s specialisations include Interactive Projection and Eye Gaze technologies. David possesses additional skills in Project Management and E-Commerce and runs his own E-Commerce business in addition to his role at Link Assistive.
David enjoys being a Dad to his two little girls, and has recently become a Dad again to a baby boy!
Rob Telfer – Installation IT Technician
Rob joined Link Assistive / Link Sensory in 2020 after working for Domiciliary Equipment Services for the past 11 years. Rob has an extensive background in electronics and wheelchair seating, wheelchair modification and custom fabrication. Rob’s experience has given him a great grounding in repairs, installations and modifications for individuals with disabilities and those using mobility aids and equipment.
Rob provides technical support for the range of hardware options we supply at Link Assistive, and will be responsible for installation of all of our sensory room projects.
As a father of 4 boys, Rob is always on the go!
Charlene Cullen – Speech Pathologist – Assistive Technology Specialist, Clinical Team Leader
Charlene is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for Link Assistive. She is also the Clinical Team leader. Charlene provides support Victoria, but also offers her extensive knowledge wherever it is required! Charlene’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Speech and Hearing) and a Graduate Diploma Audiology. Charlene graduated from Curtin University in Western Australia in 1998. Charlene is an AGOSCI Member and Certified Key Word Sign Presenter.
Charlene has previously worked at the Disability Services Commission of WA as a clinician in early childhood services, as well as varied roles as supervisor, country resource specialist and acting manager of individual and family services for 10 years. Prior to joining Link Assistive, Charlene worked for Spectronics with Dynavox and other speech generating devices, providing training, consultation and technical support to users, families, carers, therapists and schools Australia wide. Charlene has experience in the clinical support of Speech Pathologists and students.
Charlene brings her extensive knowledge and skills to work each day at Link Assistive in her support of people with a range of disabilities including spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, progressive neurological impairments and other physical and / or communication impairments. Charlene specialises in a number of assistive technology ranges and services provided by Link Assistive, including Eye Gaze technologies, mounting solutions and training and consultation. Charlene is also highly knowledgeable with regards to Voice Banking and Message Banking.
Outside of work, Charlene enjoys pottering in the garden, cooking, and chilling in the hammock as well as volunteering in the Sunday kids’ program at Kidz Arise at her local church.
Amy is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for Link Assistive, based in Perth, Western Australia. Amy graduated from Curtin University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science). Amy is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a Speech Pathology Australia Member, a member of the Variety Motor Mouth Camp Committee, a Speech Pathology WA Branch Executive Member, a Certified Key Word Sign Presenter, and an AGOSCI member. Amy is currently working on the 2019 AGOSCI Conference Committee.
Amy has worked extensively as a Speech Pathologist in the Disability Sector, for over 12 years with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has worked within government, not-for-profit and private practice settings across Western Australia. She has a particular interest in working with schools, having worked with schools throughout Western Australia providing training and in-classroom support for the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Eye Gaze and other Assistive Technologies. At Link Assistive, Amy specialises in AAC, Eye Gaze Technologies and Training and Education.
If she is not at Link Assistive you can find Amy at the beach! She loves swimming, traveling and spending time with family & friends.
Jade Bilusich – Occupational Therapist – Assistive Technology Specialist
Jade joined Link Assistive in 2018 as the Assistive Technology Specialist for South Australia, and the specialist for sensory technology for Link Sensory across Australia. Jade graduated from UniSA in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and has over 13 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist, working with children and adults with a range of neurodevelopmental and physical disabilities. Jade holds current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of OT Australia.
Jade leads the assessment, design and implementation of multisensory projects at Link Assistive, including training users in the benefits and applications of their completed space. Jade also oversees the interactive learning products at Link Assistive and enjoys translating the features of these technologies to therapeutic applications for clients.
Jade has developed and presented training to educators, parents, caregivers, community organisations and other health professionals around understanding sensory processing and accommodating for sensory processing needs to maximise functional performance. Jade also has experience in the prescription of complex mobility, seating, pressure care and home modifications for adults with disabilities. Jade has engaged extensively in additional training and certification across the course of her career, focusing on multiple paediatric therapeutic approaches and techniques. Jade’s experience also includes clinical supervision and support of Occupational Therapists and students.
When not working, Jade is busy looking after her little boy old or supporting her husband to run the café that they own and operate. To relax she loves to read or watch documentaries.
Jessica is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for LinkAssistive, based in Brisbane, Queensland. Jessica graduated from James Cook University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She is currently completing a Masters of Rehabilitation (Speech Pathology) through James Cook University and is on track to finish this in 2020. Jessica is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a Speech Pathology Australia member and an AGOSCI member.
Jessica’s clinical experience has been in supporting children and adults with a range of developmental needs across community and educational contexts in Queensland and the Northern Territory. She has a keen interest in supporting people with complex communication needs and has worked predominantly in Augmentative and Alternative Communication prescription and support throughout her career. Jessica has provided education and training for the community, family members and other health professionals. She has also worked in a range of clinical and student supervision roles.
When she is not working, Jessica enjoys reading, traveling and finding the best spot for a good coffee!
Loren is a Speech Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist for Link Assistive, based in Sydney, New South Wales. Loren graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). She is currently completing a Master by Research through the University of Sydney and is on track to finish this in 2022. Loren is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a Speech Pathology Australia member, a Research Associate with CP-Achieve and a member of the Scientific Education committee for the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM).
Loren’s clinical experience has focused on supporting children and adults with complex disabilities across clinical, community and educational contexts in Sydney. She has a keen interest in supporting people with complex communication and swallowing needs, particularly infants, young children, adolescents and young adults. Loren has worked in the areas of swallowing and communication throughout her career and has a specific interest in the prescription and support of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems. Loren has provided education and training for the community, family members of people with complex needs, and other health professionals. Loren’s experience also includes clinical supervision and support of Speech Pathologists and students.
Loren has a wide range of interests including food/cooking, dogs, music and the great outdoors. When not working, Loren enjoys bush walking/camping, canyoning and swing dancing!
Lisa Gore – Speech Pathologist – Assistive Technology Specialist
Lisa is excited to be joining the Link Assistive team as an Assistive Technology Specialist alongside Amy in Perth. Lisa is not only new to the Link Assistive Team, but new to W.A., having just moved from the Victorian Surf Coast.
Lisa graduated from Australian Catholic University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2016, is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and a Speech Pathology Australia member. She is passionate about empowering individuals to access assistive technology to communicate and to have control over their environments. Lisa has just began a Masters of Occupational Therapy and is looking forward to supporting clients with her new learnings and knowledge.
Over the past 5 years she has had the privilege of working with children and young adults with complex communication needs within schools and not-for-profit organisations. Lisa really enjoys training communication partners; family members and people within the wider community so that people with complex communication needs can express themselves all day every day to whoever that may be.
Lisa is looking forward to exploring all things W.A. Spending time at the beach with new friends, paddle boarding the Swan River and continuing on her journey of learning to surf in much warmer water!
Melissa Dalidowicz – Customer Service Manager
Melissa is thrilled to be a part of the Link Assistive team in 2022. Melissa comes with extensive experience in Office Administration and Customer service having worked for the last 30 years in her roles with Assistive Technology Supplier’s Novita Children’s Services and Liberator Pty Ltd.
Melissa is based in the Adelaide office and will be the voice you hear on the other end of the phone if you call our head office. She is the contact person for all quotes, orders and invoicing in her role as Customer Service Manager.
Away from work, Melissa is a mum of two daughters. Interests includes walks on the beach with her partner, cuddles with her dog Maple and listening to never ending 80’s tunes.
Prasad Chandrasena – Installation & Support Technician
Prasad graduated from University of SA in 2001 with an Honours degree in Electronics and Micro Engineering. Since then, he worked in various fields and held various roles in the electronics industry.
Prasad has over 10 years of work experience in Assistive Technology. His recent work experience includes working as the Technical Manager and supporting nationwide customer repairs, technical support, commissioning new devices, manufacturing sub-assemblies, project management, process improvement, resetting trial devices and liaising with international partners to resolve technical issues.
Prasad also has a lot of recent experience in introducing rugged tablets to the AT market and managing logistics and supply chain matters around day-to-day operations.
Prasad enjoys playing cricket and soccer with his two teenage boys whenever he gets time!